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Bill Avolio
Volunteer  Co-Pilot

Born and raised in Portland, Oregon
Multnomah Grade School – Benson
Polytechnic (Aviation Major)
Vanport, Oregon
College & Portland State –
Masters in Geology
worked all during high school & college.
Mother born in The Dalles, OR –
Father born in Italy

Worked in Egypt, Mauritania, and
American Samoa

First dual flight 13 Jan. 1946 at
Division St. Airport (160th and
Division), Walt Ruprecht at Bernard
Airport and Vern McKinnon
at Troutdale
Flew GA aircraft from 1947
until 1952/ Attended USAF pilot
training 1952 and 1953
Flew in the Military 1953 to 1970
(Air National Guard)
Flew Non-Scheduled airline 1954
until 1956 (DC-3)

Commercial Pilot Single
& Multi-engine land-Instrument
Airplane, Glider.  Experimental
Aircraft Authorization – Provost
A & P Certificate
Instrument rating is current

"I have never torn a piece of fabric or
bent any aluminum and have been
checked out in
33 different Airplanes and 18 Gliders."
Paul Schmidt

Paul has had an interest in any type
of aviation his entire life.
For over 40 years – he has built
and aerospace related models.

A CNC Machinist by trade,
he was also the
Ramp Service Agent
Flying Tiger Airfreight
in the early 80s.

Paul has been a dedicated
MuseumVolunteer for 10 years.

“I like the museum because of the
interesting opportunities, and it has
allowed me to work on aviation
projects not available anywhere else.
I also enjoy being able to work
alongside some of the most
easygoing and capable
people I know.”
Ray Anderson

Ray was born at the US Navy Base
He graduated from Tigard High
School in 1963,
and is a Graduate of the University
of Oregon  - GO Ducks!!!!
He received his pilot's license when
he was 16 years old

Ray Retired as Sr VP at UBS
and is a former US Army Lt.
(guided missile instructor,Fort Sill Ok)

He has been married for 40 years,
and has a Son who lives in Munich
who is a former US Navy officer
who served in the Gulf,
and a Daughter and Granddaughter
who live in London.
" I like to read  my Kindle, take walks
with my wife, go to movies, and BBQ."
Jim Feemster  (Boomer)

Jim has been involved in 'All things
Military' for the majority of his
adult life. He served in the US Navy
for 8 years - as a First Class Petty
Officer -in the Special Forces Unit.

Jim is the sole owner of  'ON the
DECK' - a Heavy Rescue, Recovery
and Transport Company located in
Hillsboro, Oregon.
His Motto-
'The Extreme Team'.

Jim has also served on the DAC, the
HRAC and the City of Hillsboro's
Business Association, and is a
District Representative.

Boomer has long been an great
asset to the
Museum's force of
dedicated Volunteers.
Most recently - he helped to secured
the arrival of the
F-5 Fighter Jets from
Taiwan - as shown above.

He is married and lives in Hillsboro,
with his wife- Kathy -
and has 4 adult children.
His hobbies include Volunteering,
driving Monster Trucks and
participating in Demolition Derby's.
Ron Levesque
Volunteer Tour Guide

Ron is a pilot with over
2000 hours of flight time.

Mr. Levesque is the
Auditor for
Premier Jets/Lifeguard
Air Ambulance

Ron has owned several
companies within the aerospace
industry and was a Business
Consultant for
United, Hawaiian, Aloha, Alaska
Horizon Airlines
during his work history.

He currently resides with his wife
in Hillsboro, Oregon.
Jim Hockenbarger

Jim served in the US Navy for
8 years as an aircraft mechanic.

United Airlines as an A&P Mechanic
Trans International Airlines as a
Maintenance Representative then
based in Oakland California.
Station Manager at Prestwick
Scotland, Senior Maintenance Rep
in Frankfort, Germany,
Assistant station Manager in
Honolulu, Hawaii,
Station agent on Wake Island.
Corporate aircraft maintenance in:
Oakland, CA, Bakersfield, CA,
Los Angeles, CA, Boise, ID,
Hillsboro, OR.

In 2001 Retired as Director of
Aircraft Maintenance from a major
sportswear company’s flight
department at the Hillsboro airport.

Aircraft Jim has maintained:
DC-8, 720, 727, L1049 Constellation,
Lockheed Jet Star 1 and 2, Falcon 20,
HS125, Gulfstream 1,2,3,4,5, Jet
Commander, Weatwind, Turbo
Commander, Piston Commander, King
Air, Queen Air, and various general
aviation aircraft.

Sorry, no photo of Jim on Duty -
too shy!
OUR Volunteers
Where would the Museum be without them!

Literally thousands of hours are necessary to keep these magnificent Warbirds flying.   
Museum's Volunteers provide a variety of expertise and valuable experience -
Dedicated, they are from walks of life - from retired military and working engineers,
to aircraft technicians and aviation enthusiasts.
Their commonality is their love and respect for aircraft and aviation history.
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Volunteer Bios:
"The Classic Aircraft Aviation Museum - could not operate effectively
without our Volunteers. They offer and provide a vast amount of aviation
knowledge and contribute many hours of dedicated service to the Museum."
                                              Doug Donkel, PhD,  Museum Director

Nelson was born in Kansas and grew
up in Nebraska.
He graduated from Bellevue High
School in Bellevue Nebraska in 1955
and joined the Air Force.

Nelson was stationed at Parks Air
Force Base
in California, and went to
Jet Engine School at
Sheppard Air
Force Base
in Texas.
He was then stationed in Portland, at
Oregon Air Force Base in the Jet
Engine Shop from 1956-1959, and
worked on F 89D,T33
and F 102 aircraft engines.
Nelson went to
Offutt Air Force Base
in Nebraska and cross-trained to
become an Aircraft Mechanic where
he worked in the Field Maintenance
Department of the KC 135  aircraft
Looking Glass.
He then was stationed in Okinawa and
worked in Field Maintenance on the
C130 and the F102's.
Nelson also went to
Lockborne Air
Force Base
in Ohio, where he was a
Crew Chief on the C130s.

When Nelson got out of the Air force
he worked for
Georgia Pacific in the
flight Dept. on their Beech 18s and
Lockheed Jet Stare.
He also worked for
Pacific Power and
in the Purchasing Dept
Tyco Electronics.
Nelson was also a member of the
Oregon Air National Guard where
he was a Crew Chief
on the F102 & F4C.
He retired from the
Oregon Air
National Guard
in 1986.

Nelson has also worked at
Air & Space Museum
in restoration
and as a docent.